I am a sculptor who works with natural materials to create work that explores our relationship with nature. I often combine these materials with manufactured objects, reminding myself, and the viewers, about this relationship. I feel that we have become very separated from the earth and as a result we romanticize and idealize the wilderness while simultaneously exploiting its resources for our own uses without regard for the possibility of depleting the supply. My artwork serves to illuminate these attitudes, as well as to connect us with the beauty of the earth by honoring some part of it that might go unnoticed. I believe strongly that we must renew this connection in order to save ourselves and the earth.